DxOMark has always prided itself for being the benchmarking experts not just for digital cameras in general but even more for smartphones.But throughout the years, DxOMark has avoided testing one of the most important uses of a smartphone.That has finally changed and it is now benchmarking how front cameras perform for selfies, bokehs, and even video recording.There’s a reason why DxOMark stayed away from front camera benchmarks, or so it says.It was only recently that such cameras have even become worth testing.These days, they sometimes even rival main cameras with the HDR, PDAF, and large sensors.
DJI is the latest tech company to fall victim to vendor corruption in China.On Monday, it acknowledged that a group of employees had managed to inflate the costs of parts in order to funnel away profits for their own benefit.In a statement released on Monday, DJI claimed:During a recent investigation, DJI itself found some employees inflated the cost of parts and materials for certain products for personal financial gain, which DJI estimates could have cost the company up to RMB 1 billion.DJI took swift action to address this issue, dismissed a number of employees who violated company policies, and contacted law enforcement officials.According to Reuters, news of the massive embezzlement began to spread on Friday when an internal document regarding the incident was shared on Chinese social media.
Brexit has morphed into an “intense political crisis” with “denialism” from ultra Remainers and Leavers pushing the country toward economic peril, the UK’s former ambassador to the EU has said.Sir Ivan Rogers warned extending Article 50 “isn’t a given and isn’t a UK decision”, and the risk of crashing the negotiations was “higher than either the markets or the commentariat believe”.Pro-Brexit campaigners now pushing no-deal had a “can’t be arsed to think” approach, he said, and were guilty of “a gross dereliction of responsibility and a huge failure of leadership”.Soft Brexit centrists and second referendum advocates believe their solutions “superior” while Theresa May miscalculated her deal would unite MPs against “the abyss”, he said.“And we have little unity, rather less than we had 30 months ago, with growing risks to social and national cohesion coinciding with a growing risk that the UK in the next decade will break up.”Rogers, who resigned as May entered Brexit negotiations, blaming “muddled thinking”, was speaking as MPs compete to wrest control of the process, with soft Brexit proponents, People’s Vote advocates and hardline leavers tabling amendments after the prime minister’s deal was crushed in parliament.
Doctors in intensive care units face a continual dilemma: Every blood test they order could yield critical information, but also adds costs and risks for patients.To address this challenge, researchers from Princeton University are developing a computational approach to help clinicians more effectively monitor patients' conditions and make decisions about the best opportunities to order lab tests for specific patients.Using data from more than 6,000 patients, graduate students Li-Fang Cheng and Niranjani Prasad worked with Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Engelhardt to design a system that could both reduce the frequency of tests and improve the timing of critical treatments.The team presented their results on Jan. 6 at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing in Hawaii.The analysis focused on four blood tests measuring lactate, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen and white blood cells.These indicators are used to diagnose two dangerous problems for ICU patients: kidney failure or a systemic infection called sepsis.
With Roma's nomination for a best picture Oscar Tuesday, Netflix finally got one of its deepest wishes -- big-time Academy Award validation.The black-and-white drama about a middle-class Mexican family and the domestic workers who care for its children will go up against Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, A Star is Born and Vice when the Academy Awards are doled out Feb. 24.Last year, Amazon beat Netflix to become the first streaming service to be nominated for a best picture Oscar nod, for Manchester by the Sea.Though the bleak film won statues for best actor and best original screenplay, it didn't cinch the best picture title -- leaving the crown for first streamer to actually win a best picture Oscar unclaimed.Netflix is hoping Roma, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign language motion picture, will carry it to the throne.The Oscars haven't totally overlooked Netflix in the past.
The latest in the endless rumour train on the upcoming Galaxy S10 is the news that the selfie camera – which we're expecting to be underneath a hole in the screen – may actually have a secondary, tiny display over the top to prevent interruption.Here's one of Samsung's other punch-hole phones (or as we prefer to call them, doughnut phones, 'cause they've got a hole), the A8.As you can see, the image on the screen stops where the camera is (although they've tried to disguise it by making the image darker in that corner):If a Samsung patent spotted by LetsGoDigital is anything to go by, Samsung has an ingenious plan up its sleeve to fix this problem.The patent discusses a "full screen smartphone with second display area," and specifically details a tiny transparent second screen to go over the top of the camera.That means you'll be able to take photos through the screen, but it can also display images over the top of the camera lens.
A patent application filed by AMD in July 2017 has just been published and it’s given us our first hints of what its next-generation graphics architecture might be.We don’t mean the newly announced Radeon VII, nor the upcoming Navi, but whatever comes after that.It could be the 7nm+ architecture allegedly code-named Arcturus, but whatever badge you slap on it, the patent hints at what AMD has planned beyond its aged Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which has been at the core of its graphics card technologies since 2012.The patent in question is for a new “Stream processor with high bandwidth and low power vector register file.” It was originally spotted by Twitter user @Komachi and reveals a number of intriguing details about what may come next among AMD’s graphics developments.At its core, the updated design should make AMD’s graphics cards more powerful and more efficient at the same time, by making the individual compute units far more capable at independent operation.The GCN architecture AMD currently employs in all of its graphics cards utilizes compute units which share a lot of their resources, as PCGamesN explains.
Aside from what they would have you think, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been something of a convalescence home for Michael Gove since he took over as environment secretary in 2017.But when it comes to locking horns with the major environmental challenges of the day, Michael Gove has shied away from ambitious action time and time again, hiding behind endless promises of further consultation and always-to-be-delayed announcements.Now, in 2019, the Clean Air Strategy is the latest disappointment to flop out of Defra to the dejected grumbles of environmental campaigners.Air pollution is responsible for 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK and has recently been linked to a range of health problems from increased risk of miscarriage, to heart disease and dementia.Bafflingly, however, the government has neglected to address the one major issue that lies at the heart of this trifecta: road transport.The second major weakness of the strategy is its lack of legally binding targets.
We're in the run up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10 on 20th February, so there are a lot of rumours and leaks flying around.Seriously, it's like we already know everything about this phone already.Well today a new leak has more pricing information for the phone, and it looks like the people who want the best of the best are going to have to pay a lot for that privilege.Italian news site TuttoAndroid posted a list of prices for the various Galaxy S10 models, and like our mega leak from before Christmas it's not really good news for people who are sick of increasing phone prices.While the cheapest version is said to be €779 (around £704) the most expensive model is supposed to be an absurd €1,599 (£1,410).Galaxy S10 Lite (6GB/128GB): €779 (£704)
Every week we seem to read another new story about yet another cryptocurrency exchange hack or scam in which users’ funds are stolen.But this week, a South Korean exchange has flipped the narrative on its head.In what is being called a “computer error,” CoinZest done^ goofed and gave away around $5.4 million worth of cryptocurrency to some of its customers, Cryptonews reports.The blunder came as part of an airdrop of We Game Tokens (WGT), but instead the exchange credited accounts with Bitcoin and Ethereum, amongst other cryptocurrencies.But don’t worry, not all is lost.CoinZest was able to restore its servers to a backup prior to the airdrop and recover some of the funds.
The arrival of the EOS R and the accompanying new RF mount have left some observers wondering what's going to happen to Canon's other mirrorless system – EOS M – and whether Canon will continue support for its EF-M lens mount.The good news for users of EOS M cameras is that, according to CanonRumors.com, it looks like Canon has applied to patent five new optical formulas for EF-M lenses.The less-welcome news for enthusiasts is that they're all variable-aperture zooms, with no sign of a fast prime.So what lenses can we expect to see?According to reports they will be:Canon already has a EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3, so it would appear that we can expect a new bundled kit lens to come with future EOS M cameras.
Rumors recently began circulating that Nvidia is about to launch a new graphics card – the GTX 1660 Ti, which is a Turing GPU without the ray tracing technology (RTX) of Nvidia's recent graphics card, and now a fresh benchmark leak gives us an (alleged) glimpse of its power.Assuming this leak, from the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database, is indeed true, it shows that the GTX 1660 Ti scored 7,400 at 1080p (high) resolution, as spotted by prolific leaker TUM_APISAK (via Videocardz).AOTS - GTX 1660 Ti High (1080p) Score 7400 ( Laptop ) GTX 1060 High (1080p) Score 6200 ( Laptop ) pic.twitter.com/wdQ1lgFJ1CJanuary 21, 2019In comparison, the GTX 1060 recorded a result of 6,200, which makes the incoming GTX 1660 Ti almost 20% faster, and therefore in the same ballpark as the GTX 1070 – of course, assuming that the graphics card actually exists.Naturally, exactly how exciting this result is depends on how much the new graphics card costs, so we can’t put things fully into perspective until we know that.The broad idea seems to pitch this GPU between the old GTX 1060 and the new RTX 2060.
That includes the western U.S. and Canada where not only is ice vanishing, but it’s doing so at a more rapid pace than it was just a decade ago, according to a new study released this week in Geophysical Research Letters.The faster melt can be partial attributed to a shift in weather patterns over the past years, which has worked in concert with rising temperatures to speed along ice’s demise.The glaciers of North America are remnants of the Ice Age.They cling to high peaks from British Columbia to Montana where snow replenishes them each winter and temperatures have been cool enough to keep them more or less at equilibrium for centuries.But now humans have thrown that equation out of whack, pouring carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.The result has been the death of ice.
Though few confirmations have actually been made, it's largely expected that Samsung will reveal numerous Galaxy S10 models next month, with the South Korean manufacturer tipped to launch standard, Lite and Plus versions of its flagship handset, along with an all-new Galaxy X foldable phone.According to a new leak published by Italian website TuttoAndroid, we could be looking at quite a hefty price point for Samsung's top S10 model, with a quoted price of €1,599 (around $1,817 / £1,410 / AU$2,540) for the Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of storage and 12GB of RAM – a figure that far exceeds that of any previous Galaxy smartphone.Thankfully, the report also notes more reasonable pricing for the various models under that one, which you can check out below:Galaxy S10 Lite (6GB/128GB): €779 (around $908 / £704 / AU$1,269)Galaxy S10 (6GB/512GB): €929 (around $1,056 / £819 / AU$1,476)Galaxy S10 (8GB/512GB): €1,179 (around $1, 340 / £1,039 / AU$1,873)
UPDATE 31/12/2018: Due to a production error, the download link provided for Abelssoft AntiLogger in APC January is incorrect.The correct link is: www.apcmag.com/exclusives.We apologise for the error and any inconvenience caused.It’s time to clean up your PC and get it humming like it was new – and the January issue of APC shows you the way.Our easy to follow ideas are also a great way to get to know your PC better, so you’re always better prepared to fix issues that crop up.In this issue we also take a look into the future.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Toyota Motors and Panasonic have agreed to set up a joint-venture company to manufacture vehicle batteries, with Toyota owning 51 percent of the company and Panasonic owning 49 percent.Toyota in “production engineering” for a solid state battery, WSJ saysArs Technica contacted both companies to confirm the report, and we'll update this story if we hear back.Nikkei reports that Panasonic would transfer ownership of five battery factories in Japan and China to the joint venture.The joint venture would start operations "in the early 2020s," and it would start producing "batteries with 50 times the capacity of those now used in hybrid vehicles, aiming to bring down production costs through higher volume," according to Nikkei.The news outlet also said that the joint venture would be used to push forward the technology used in solid-state batteries.
Coinme, a company that offers bitcoin ATMs, has teamed up with Coinstar to make it easier to get your hands on the digital currency.Under the new partnership, Coinstar machines will allow users to swap their cash for bitcoin, bringing the cryptocurrency to one’s local grocery store or convenience shop.After inserting money into the machine, Coinstar users get a voucher for bitcoin.The World Economy runs on GPS.Coinstar kiosks are the large green machines found in many stores in the United States.These contraptions allow customers to insert their loose change, which is then redeemed for cash or as a gift card for certain services.
Last week, an Epsilon-4 rocket blasted off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan.Onboard was a satellite capable of generating artificial meteor showers by dropping tiny pellets from orbit.The resulting light show aimed to produce streaks brighter than natural shooting stars—but did anyone even care?The project is called Sky Canvas, and it’s the brainchild of Astro Live Experiences, or ALE.Before any of this can happen, however, the company first has to test the concept.Here’s how it was supposed to work, as per the ALE website: Once the satellite reaches low Earth orbit, around 250 miles (400 kilometres) above the ground, it pooed out a stream of tiny pellets called “particles.” ALE claims it specially designed these particles to fall slowly through the atmosphere during re-entry, and to glow as brightly as possible.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey thinks the company’s “protocol” for politicians who seem to violate the site’s rules is clear.So clear, in fact, that he refused to say if Twitter would ban the president should he explicitly ask his followers to do a bunch of murders.In a new interview, Huffington Post reporter (and former Gizmodo writer) Ashley Feinberg asked Dorsey point-blank if Twitter would ban Donald Trump if he “tweeted out asking each of his followers to murder one journalist.” An easy one, you’d think.But, of course, you’re not Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey:[Dorsey:] That would be a violent threat.We’d definitely ... You know we’re in constant communication with all governments around the world.
It was recently found that 93 percent of brand tweets are 1:1 interactions with customers, which means only 7 percent of brand tweets are traditional marketing content.Meeting customers where they are for 1:1 conversations is only half the battle marketers are facing; ensuring these exchanges are secure remains the other important piece of the puzzle.Until recently, assuring customers that their data was secure and their privacy respected was primarily a trust-based relationship between customers and brands.News of security breaches hitting nearly every leading social network this year should make marketers cautious of putting all their eggs in one basket.If third-party channels control the terms and conditions in addition to owning the content, what does that mean for compliance?What role does an owned social channel play in this evolving environment?